statements and they rushed for his defense. >> he is young and unfortunate it came off the way it came off. i know he didn't mean it in his heart. >> whether he meant hit or not, it came from curious from a team from san francisco. at his news conference, head coach jim harbaugh apologized for the organization when he told reporters that it didn't reflect the way players feel. >> there wasn't malice in his heart. he is not that kind of person. he is not a ugly person. he is not a discriminating person. >> it's not the players and coaches that culliver must convince, it's the fans. >> i didn't want to offend anyone. that was an ugly comment. that is not what i feel in my heart. i hope i can learn and grow from this experience and situation. >> reporter: they had a meeting with the coach but neither would say what was said. the only true glimpse when get into his heart will come when the kickoff happens on sunday. >>> the gay community is paying close attention to his remarks. the executive director of san francisco lbgt center says it shines the spotlight on an ongoing problem.